Celebrity Movies: 11 World War II Movies and TV Shows Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO

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Celebrity Movies: 11 World War II Movies and TV Shows Streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO

Celebrity Movies:

As the world continues commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, you may be curious about exploring World War II through scripted film and TV. Hulu is probably counting on it: this week it dropped Das Boot, an eight-episode miniseries sequel to the Oscar-nominated submarine saga. Want to watch the original film that inspired this retread—or any of 10 other takes on the conflict that defined the Greatest Generation? Here’s where you can stream some notable selections.

Das Boot (1981)

(available to stream for rent or purchase on iTunes)

Long before helming action classics like The Perfect Storm and Air Force One, Wolfgang Petersen was a best-director Oscar nominee for Das Boot, chronicling the crew of U-96 during a grueling period around the time of the Battle of the Atlantic. With a running time of 149 minutes, this is a title that lends itself particularly well to home viewing, for anyone who may need to take a few breaks from its forbidding weather and claustrophobic setting.

Band of Brothers and The Pacific

(free to stream for HBO subscribers)

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg co-produced Band of Brothers, an adaptation of Stephen E. Ambrose’s nonfiction book of the same title, about the men of Easy Company, based on the real soldiers’ recollections of their war experience in interviews with Ambrose. Released in 2001, it’s packed with pre-fame character actors including Neal McDonough, Ron Livingston, and Damian Lewis, and even Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher. Spielberg and Hanks re-teamed in 2010 for The Pacific, about the experiences of three Marines serving in different regiments in the Pacific theater.

Casablanca (1942)

(available to stream for rent or purchase on iTunes)

In this best-picture Oscar winner—one of the most acclaimed love stories ever filmed—American expat Rick (Humphrey Bogart) reunites with his ex, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), when she seeks his help to get letters of transit for herself and her husband, Victor (Paul Henreid), so that Victor may continue his work on behalf of the Czech resistance.

Dunkirk (2017)

(available to stream for rent or purchase on iTunes)

The Dunkirk evacuation of 1940 is such a pivotal event in British history that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk was just one of three 2017 films that dramatized it. (See also: Darkest Hour and Their Finest.) Nolan’s film alternates perspectives on the evacuation among land, sea, and air, and features performances by Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and One Direction’s own Harry Styles. (If you’re only interested in finding out whether Styles dies in the movie, we have you covered.)

Enemy at the Gates (2001)

(available to stream for rent or purchase on iTunes)

Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film takes viewers to the Russian front for a view of the Battle of Stalingrad from the Soviet perspective. Red Army soldier Vasily Zaitsev (Jude Law) is a crack shot thanks to training from his grandfather; he uses his skills to save himself and his comrade, Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), which draws the attention of Major König (Ed Harris), a Nazi sniper-school director who journeys to Stalingrad to assassinate Zaitsev to harm Soviet morale.

The Great Escape (1963)
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